AGAINST A BACKDROP of one of Queensland’s most iconic and historic homesteads, a festival of magnificent music, opera, great food and equally tasty wines will take place in the Jimbour House Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 22.
It a free day out for the entire family, where visitors are free to partake of picturesque part of Queensland west of Brisbane.
Roving performers will entertain the crowd throughout the day, and event-goers are free to take in the sights of the majestic Jimbour Homestead and surrounding gardens before the main event — Franz Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow, with lead man David Hobson and Emily Burke in the title role.
The point is made: it’s a free event with gates opening at 10am, and patrons will be treated to a huge array of local produce, handcrafted items and artisan wares.
Council Spokesperson for Economic Development, Donna Ashurst, says that Opera at Jimbour isn’t just for the Opera fans — it’s the food, wine, market stalls and roving entertainment offering something for everyone.
“It’s a great day out and a social calendar favourite for locals and visitors alike,” she said.
“The Council is excited to once again be partnering with Queensland Music Festival and Russell Pastoral Company to stage this magnificent event.
“There’s nothing quite like sharing a great picnic with friends while listening to world-class opera with the grand Jimbour House and gardens as a backdrop. It’s definitely a bucket list event.
“With plenty of time before the show, there is the opportunity to explore the grounds and browse the huge variety of local produce, handcrafted goods and artisan wares on offer.”
Cr Ashurst said visitors to the event are more than welcome to bring along their own picnic, or choose from one of the many food vendors — “with over 80 vendors, there will be no shortage of options to tempt the tastebuds of patrons.”
“Emphasis will be on locally-produced foods, from gourmet soups, wood-fired pizzas and delicious desserts,” she said.
While Jimbour House is just 30km from Dalby, yet another attraction is the free bus service being offered by the Western Downs Regional Council that will travel between Thomas Jack Park, Dalby, and the Jimbour Amphitheatre.
Online bookings can be made with the Dalby Visitor Information Centre on 07 4679 4461, or go to eventbrite.com.au to secure the return trip.
There is also an Opera at Jimbour facebook page for updates.
For extra information, go to www.wdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 COUNCIL.
- Western Downs Regional Council is partnered by the Queensland Music Festival, Opera Queensland and Russell Pastoral Company.